Cougars Stifle Roadrunners in 55-42 Victory
Nov. 27, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team held UTSA to a 28-percent shooting effort in a 55-42 victory over the Roadrunners on Tuesday night at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars won their third-straight contest to improve to 3-4 overall, while dropping UTSA to 5-2 on the season.
Junior forward Yasmeen Thompson registered her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds to go with three blocks in 37 minutes. Thompson, who entered Tuesday's contest leading the nation in field-goal percentage, went 4-of-6 from the field.
Senior point guard Porsche Landry scored in double figures for the seventh time this season with 12 points to go with a season-best five steals and five rebounds, while junior forward Marissa Ashton also tallied 12 points and six boards in 21 minutes.
The Cougars stormed out to a 9-0 lead that they would never relinquish when Thompson converted a 3-point play and junior forward Te'onna Campbell followed with two free-throws.
UTSA strung six consecutive points together to cut the lead to three when Ashton connected on her first 3-pointer of the contest.
Less than a minute later, freshman guard Jessieka Palmer drove the lane and then dished backwards to Landry, who buried a trifecta to push the Houston lead to 15-6 with under 13 minutes remaining in the opening half.
The Roadrunners would go on another 6-0 run to cut the deficit back to three when Landry struck again with another bomb from downtown, marking her eighth 3-pointer in her last 14 attempts.
The Cougars extended their lead to 10 with under five minutes remaining when Landry handed out a dime from the baseline to freshman guard Marche' Amerson for the layup. Ashton followed on the next possession with an offensive rebound and putback to push the advantage to 12.
Houston would run into a dry spell to close the half, failing to score over the final 4:07 as UTSA pushed to within eight points at 28-20 at the break.
UTSA trimmed the lead to six points at the 16:44 mark off a pair of free throws, but Palmer ended the run with a 3-pointer off the glass to push the advantage back out to nine points.
Ashton drained her second long-range bomb of the night to give Houston a 12-point lead with just under 14 minutes remaining, and freshman guard Alecia Smith converted a 3-point play at the 11:37 mark to give the Cougars their biggest lead of the night at 43-28.
UTSA made one final run to claw back to within nine points with 2:56 left to play, but Thompson found Amerson for an easy layup on a fastbreak as Houston cruised the rest of the way.
The Cougars shot 35 percent (21-of-60) from the field while holding the Roadrunners to 28 percent (17-of-61), including a 1-of-15 mark from distance.
For the third straight game, Houston outrebounded its opponent by a 46-42 margin, while swatting five shots and swiping 11 steals.
Houston returns to action at 7 p.m., on Friday against New Mexico at Hofheinz Pavilion.